state run programs, the balm of the masses

The local economic laughinstock is Michigan, whose government is shut down, due to mismanagement and the fact that it’s a welfare state. Well, that, and the UAW, and the aging auto industry that was propping up the state. You know, those sorts of things.

Amazingly, Michigan’s straights are not nearly as dire as Zimbabwe’s at the moment. Apparently, Zimbabwe has been forcing white farmers to hand over their lands and equipment to the state for redistribution to blacks. On the heels of the announcement that this program is complete, they also announced a massive wheat shortage. They also do no have any money available for importing wheat (or electricity, it seems). Perhaps the funniest part about this (if anything about starving citizenry can be funny?) is that marijuana is cheaper than tobacco in Zimbabwe at the moment. This issue is not [just] about race. This is about government’s inability to improve upon market forces.

Anyway, next time you think about how nice it would be if the government would just provide X, remember Michigan. If that’s not enough for you, then remember Zimbabwe. Then provide for your needs yourself.

  1. I just had a long rant about a similar topic the other day. It seems there are two types of people — those who studied economics in school, and those who want government programs to supply everything. I’m all for helping those in need, but federal or state subsidies are not the way to do it.

    Darn it, I’m getting dangerously close to Libertarian.

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